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Created On: 08 August 2014 06:38 PM
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 08 August 2014 06:38 PM
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CMD

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Hi

what code if any for a consumer unit in a domestic situation which can only be reached by standing on a step ladder , your opinions would be valued

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 08 August 2014 06:54 PM
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daveparry1

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No code whatsoever!
 08 August 2014 07:37 PM
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OMS

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Regs 132.12 and 513.1 ?

I'd give it a Code 3 personally

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 08 August 2014 08:04 PM
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Retrospective, more info required.

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 08 August 2014 08:39 PM
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weirdbeard

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Originally posted by: Rulland

more info required.


Agreed.....


How tall is the ladder.......



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 08 August 2014 09:14 PM
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daveparry1

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This is the reason I don't do EICR's, too much ambiguity!
 08 August 2014 09:55 PM
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Well for a domestic situation I would think a code 3 for a height of less than 3m would be reasonable.

However, I have had two jobs on the trot, industrial, where the switchgear has been fully 4 metres from the ground!

I looked at one yesterday, the meters supplied from an overhead were about 4m from the ground. It's TT and the RCD is also at 4m as well as the DB's. It's been like that for about 35 years I would estimate. So would that be a code 3 or a code 2? What if the RCD was at a lower level and the DB's were at 4m? You could at least isolate the supply, at the moment you need a ladder. Remember, this is how they used to do loads of industrial building from overheads years ago. The meter to this job has recently been changed, but it's still at the high level. I think if the supply can be isolated from the ground, providing basic safety, that would be a code 3, if you need a ladder I would say code 2 because the installation cannot be safely isolated. What do we all think?
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